Foods that Fight Stress

Posted on July 1, 2014


By Michelle Quina

aaaBreaking news! Eating when you are stressed is not always a bad thing. Have you ever reached for the Nutella jar or potato chips when you were stressed? Yes, that particular type of stress eating is bad, but eating the right things when you are stressed can actually calm you down. Stress can increase your risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and obesity. It is important to stock your kitchen with the items below so that your stress eating habit will keep you healthy and help you reduce stress:

Almonds: Almonds are jam packed with vitamin E, an antioxidant that supports the immune system. Also, almonds contain vitamin B which maintains your nervous system and keeps you calm in overwhelming situations (like when you are on the way to meet up with someone you met on Tinder and are beginning to wonder if this was a good life decision). Walnuts and pistachios will do the trick as well, so next time you are going nuts maybe that is just what you need.

Avocados: Avocados are not only satisfying due to their rich texture; they are also rich in monounsaturated fat and potassium which can lower blood pressure. This is great news because avocado tastes great on just about anything.

Spinach: Do you have a meeting with that guy where afterwards you leave the conversation with a headache every time? Well you are in luck, Spinach is stocked full of magnesium which helps ward off fatigue and headaches. You will leave that meeting ready to face your next task of the day.

Salmon: Salmon and other fish such as tuna contain Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 can prevent surges in stress hormones which will help reduce your risk of heart disease, depression and help keep you calm when the going gets tough.

Oatmeal is high in fiber which means it takes longer for your stomach to digest. Oatmeal also contains carbohydrates, which makes the brain produce serotonin. Serotonin is a chemical your brain releases and has a relaxing effect. The more slowly your body absorbs carbs, the more steadily serotonin flows. Oatmeal helps reduce stress throughout the day and helps you feel full for longer.

Raw Veggies: Are you having one of those days where everyone is giving you a hard time (like your mom telling you that you better get a boyfriend soon so she can have grandbabies in her lifetime)? Well, grab some carrots. Raw veggies relieve stress in a mechanical way. Munching will help relieve a clenched jaw and ward off tension.

Memphis Area Farmers Markets:

Memphis Farmers Market
Corner of Front Street and G.E. Patterson, Memphis, TN
Open 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, through Oct. 29

Church Health Center Farmers Market, Church Health Center Wellness
1115 Union , Memphis, TN
Open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays, May through Sept.

South Memphis Farmers Market

1400 Mississippi Blvd., Memphis, TN
Open noon-6 p.m. Thursdays through Oct. 27

Farm Park Farmers Market

Germantown Elementary School, 2740 Cross Country
Open 5-7 p.m., Thursdays through summer season

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